Roasting your fresh ingredients is the perfect way to give your salsa into a richer, smoky flavor that you’ll absolutely love. This roasted salsa is easy to make and great to have on hand to give flavor to anything from tacos, chips, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and more!
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- Roasted salsa is a total game-changer recipe. It has all the fresh, bold flavors you love in regular salsa, but almost all the ingredients are roasted first to give them a deep, rich, smoky flavor.
- It goes so well with so many dishes! I throw together a batch of salsa anytime we make Shredded Chicken Tacos, Crispy Cheesy Refried Bean Tacos, Bell Pepper Nachos, Easy Cheesy Salsa Chicken, Bean and Cheese Taquitos… or even just a basket of crispy air fryer tortilla chips.
- If you have a party or just a friends’ night coming up, roasted salsa is a great prep option. Make your salsa up to two days in advance, and serve it chilled or at room temperature with a pitcher of cucumber margaritas.
- The spiciness of your roasted salsa will depend on how many seeds you leave in the jalapeños! For a mild salsa, remove all the seeds. A medium heat level? Remove the seeds from only one jalapeño. For a really hot salsa, don’t remove any jalapeño seeds at all.
- All the smokiness comes from the blackened skins of the vegetables, so don’t skimp here. The darker the veggies, the more intense and deep the smoky flavor will be. Just be careful not to burn them!
- When you’re processing the salsa ingredients, stop periodically and scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl with a silicone spatula. That’ll give you a smoother, more uniform consistency throughout. Don’t over-process, though – you want a roasted salsa, not a roasted tomato sauce.
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- 6 roma tomatoes approximately 1 ½ pounds
- 1 small onion yellow or white, quartered
- 2 large jalapeño peppers quartered
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil of choice avocado oil, olive oil, etc.
- ½ loose cup cilantro leaves approximately half a bunch, roughly chopped
- 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes drained
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt to taste
- juice of 1 lime approximately 2 tablespoons
- large baking sheet
- Aluminum Foil
- Food processor
- airtight container or serving bowl
- Preheat broiler to high. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and garlic on baking sheet. Drizzle neutral oil over all and toss to coat thoroughly, then spread ingredients out in single, even layer.
- Place baking sheet 6 inches below broiler. Broil 15 to 20 minutes, stopping to flip vegetables over halfway through cook time. Cook until skins of veggies have thoroughly blistered and blackened.
- Optional: transfer blackened onion and garlic to plate and set aside. Return tomatoes and jalapeños to broiler for another 5 minutes for maximum smokiness.
- Remove all vegetables from oven. Carefully remove stems and seeds from jalapeños, leaving seeds from 1 jalapeño for medium spiciness, or no seeds at all for mild spiciness.
- Place roma tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, garlic, and cilantro in food processor bowl. Pulse until mostly smooth, then add in drained diced tomatoes. Continue pulsing until desired salsa consistency is achieved.
- Transfer salsa to serving bowl or airtight container. Add salt and lime juice to taste, and stir well to thoroughly incorporate. Serve immediately or seal airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- The spiciness of your salsa will depend on how many seeds you leave in the jalapeños! For a mild salsa, remove all the seeds. For a medium heat level, remove the seeds from only one jalapeño. For a hot salsa, don’t remove any jalapeño seeds.
- All the smokiness comes from the blackened skins of the vegetables, so don’t skimp here. The darker the veggies, the smokier the flavor.
- Make it Whole30/Paleo: Make sure to use organic diced tomatoes that don’t have any added sugars or sugar substitutes.
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